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    • r cummings
    • 15.10.09 | 15:46 (IST)

    reproach. With Israel's legitimacy hanging by a thread in the wider world, now is the time for it to take a step back to its traditional values and a step forward to a satisfactory solution on Palestine. There is one single, major impediment to Israel doing either. It is the belief/wish-dream of the religious and political right in a Greater Israel, stretching from the Mediterranean to the Jordan (or even to the Litani and Euphrates). In this land of milk and honey, the Jews would rule and Arabs would preferably emigrate, be pushed out or live in the equivalent of reservations. While that expansionist, predatory nationalist agenda remains, is enshrined in the Likud manifesto and dictates Israel's direction, there can never be peace, equality or progress. There can only be an endless round of Cast Lead 2, Infitada 3, Lebanon 4 until one day Israel is not victorious and all comes to a sticky end. Israeli electors have to renounce this Eretz Israel mirage in order to move forward.

    from the article: Ari Shavit / Israel needs legitimacy to wage war and peace
    First published 03:11 15.10.09 | Last updated 04:32 15.10.09
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